Heaven and Earth in the Gospel of Matthew

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BRILL, 2007 - Religion - 399 pages
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A much-overlooked aspect of the Gospel of Matthew is the theme of heaven and earth. Rather than being a reverential circumlocution for God, 'heaven' in Matthew is part of a highly developed discourse of heaven and earth language. Matthew's idiolectic way of using heaven language consists of four aspects: 1) a distinction in meaning between singular and plural forms of "ouranos"; 2) frequent use of the heaven and earth word pair; 3) regular reference to the Father in heaven; and 4) the recurrent use of the Matthean expression, kingdom of heaven. This book examines the historical precedents for each of these aspects and shows in Matthew how they serve one overriding theological purpose: to highlight the tension that currently exists between heaven and earth or God and humanity, while looking forward to its eschatological resolution.
 

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Contents

Part Two Matthews Idiolectic Use of Heaven Language and the Theme of Heaven and Earth
97
Conclusion Heaven and Earth in the Gospel of Matthew
331
Appendix Data from a Synoptic Comparison of Ουρανος
349
Bibliography
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Jonathan T. Pennington, Ph.D. (2005) in New Testament Studies, University of St Andrews (Scotland), is Assistant Professor of NT Interpretation at Southern Seminary. He has published a number of academic articles and reviews as well as assorted textbook resources for Greek and Hebrew.

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